Match CEO Yagan Inspires Math/Science Students

Several dozen of Illinois’ best and brightest high school students from the Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA) received tips on entrepreneurship from an inspiring alumnus of their school, Sam Yagan.

Yagan, who graduated in 1995 from IMSA, went on to study mathematics at Harvard. While there, he and two classmates combined their smarts and diverse skills set to found, build, and sell, the companies Sparknotes and OKcupid for millions of dollars. In 2011, OKcupid was purchased by Match and, in 2012, the dating site giant installed Yagan as its new CEO.

Five IMSA students also give reactions about what they learned from Yagan’s list of tips for budding young entrepreneurs. ❒

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